Dangers of Truck Driver Fatigue

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The National Transportation Safety Board has reported that as much as 40% of all heavy truck accidents could be related to truck driver fatigue. When drivers fail to control a truck weighing up to 80,000 pounds, devastating accidents and injuries can result.

If you were injured in an accident caused by a tired driver, an Odessa personal injury lawyer can help. You may need to prove that they were in violation of certain trucking regulations that restrict the number of hours a driver can be on the road or show that they skipped break or rest times.

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Holding Truck Drivers Accountable

Drivers who fail to get enough sleep can be extremely dangerous on the road. A lack of sleep can lead to lack of alertness, impaired memory, and an inability to think clearly. The federal government has mandated hours of service rules that outline how long drivers may be on the job before stopping to rest and how long each rest must be before continuing the drive. If a driver chooses to ignore these regulations, they can face severe consequences, including liability in any accident.

These regulations require that truckers:

  • Drive a maximum of 11 hours consecutively only after 10 hours of rest
  • Not drive more than the 14th hour after going on duty
  • Not drive more than 60 hours in a week or 70 hours in 8 days

If you believe there was a violation, an Odessa personal injury lawyer can obtain information from the truck's black box to argue your case. These black boxes record driving patterns and log hours so that truckers can be held accountable. Whatever the case, Herring Law Firm knows the rules truck drivers must follow and can hold them accountable to recover compensation for you.

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